Barry Salzberg and Some House Of Rave Updates

A couple of short updates:

I went to see Barry Salzberg, CEO of the giant accounting firm Deloitte & Touche speak on the University of Texas campus. He spoke to a surprisingly packed house about the company etc. etc….mainly typical CEO talk.

The Q&A session was far more interesting and we got to hear a little more about him. It was pretty impressive because he came from a working class family with none of his parents being college educated, his dad died at a young age and he managed to his college degree, MBA and even law degree. As most of the CEO’s I’ve seen speak, he steadily started rising through the company by simply doing the best job he could at every step of the way, all the way to the top.

It was funny, because I was in the back of the room for the speech, so this way my view:

…however when I got closer I quickly realized who he looked like!



I’ve been working on changing up HouseOfRave a little to start going for version 3.0. One of the things I did was change up the right navigation pane with more illustrated banners:

I’m not exactly sure if I like it or not the new way. The old version shows off the products a little better, however the new version might make people curious to see what each banner holds when clicked.

I’ve also replaced some of the YouTube embedded videos on the site with my own HouseOfRave branded video player. YouTube shows related videos at the end of each clip which distracts users and takes them away from my site. It also puts its own brand on the video player which looks slightly unprofessional. You can see an example of the new video player at the glowing hair gel product page.

I’ve also added a Disco Balls section to the site and some more miscellaneous products. A bunch of much needed functionality updates, templates and features are on the way, but a more versed programmer is handling those.

Blog posted on: November 8, 2007

5 comments on “Barry Salzberg and Some House Of Rave Updates

  1. Anonymous


    First, let me say that I really enjoy reading your blog. It is inspirational and very motivating to read.

    Secondly, I wanted to know how you got the image watermarked onto your video? Did you use VirtualDub to do this or something else?

  2. Anonymous

    1) These should have been 2 separate posts.

    2) People scan the web, they don’t read it. The former HOR links were more effective, as they were scannable. I had to stop and mentally separate the zany font from each product from the obscure background, then attempt to process what it said. Read/scan the book, “Don’t make me think”. It turns much of what we (the users) do on the web and how we act/feel while surfing sites into a science.

    3) Your site is Excellent. I check every day for updates. Keep up the good work.

  3. Just Passing Through


    You could download Web Button Maker Deluxe to add some modern web buttons to your site.

    P.S. I little analysis of the log files might reveal its loose security. ;)


  4. Neville


    You were right. As of 11-12-2007 I’ve changed the right-side navigation menu back to the images. I might tweak it a bit, but the images are definitely much more descriptive than the banners I made.


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